Pindi, a fairy, woke up with a start, sitting up on the leaf she used as a bed. “I heard something. Something loud and violent, like an explosion. Did you hear it, too?” she asked her sister Mindi. Mindi slept on a leaf close by. She shook her head sleepily.
“No, you’re dreaming. Its still dark outside. Go back to sleep.”
Pindi doubted she would be able to go back to sleep. Her heart was pounding. But she laid down and turned on her side and closed her eyes. And began to drift.
“Fire! I smell smoke. Its so smoky. I can’t breathe. I can’t see!” Pindi jolted awake again.
This time Mindy didn’t argue. “I smell it, too.” She said. “I’m afraid. What should be do?” Mindi was too frightened to move. She froze.
“Look!” Pindi exclaimed, standing up and pointing her finger as the flashing red light. Light. Dark. Light. Dark. Light. Dark. She heard the piercing sound of a siren coming ever closer. Closer. “The house where the giants live is on fire. I need to go see if they got out. They helped us when the spiders attacked. I have to help them!” And she flew off, coughing and waving her hands against the smoke, her eyes stinging and tearing. “I have to help.”
She saw them, those she thought of as her giants, standing huddled together in the street, wrapped in a blanket. Relief flooded Pindi. She heard the rumble of an engine and the screech of brakes as the fire truck pulled up. Doors opened and slammed as fire fighters jumped from the truck. Pindi watched from her perch in the Weeping Cherry tree as the fire fighters yanked and pulled a long hose, uncurling it as they ran towards the fire hydrant. Other firefighters ran towards the house.
WOOSH. A strong spray of water exploded from the hose. “I’m drowning” yelled Mindi from the Japanese maple. “Too much water. Too much water” Water cascaded from the roof and rained down on the Japanese Maple in torrents.
“Go further inside the tree!” shouted Pindi, as she flew back to the home tree, trying to avoid the spray of water. “We’ll be safe there.” The sisters watched the heroic firefighters drown the fire and save the giants’ house. They didn’t go back to sleep that night. No one did.